During his visit to Mexico, Pope Francis condemned the country's drug trade and government corruption that has led to hundreds of thousands of murders and missing persons cases.
The pope made his comments on Saturday while speaking to the country's bishops at the Metropolitan Cathedral in Mexico City, urging religious leaders to take a more pro-active stance in fighting the drug trade and warning of "the temptation of aloofness and clericalism."
The country's Catholic Church has also received criticism in the past for turning a blind eye to government corruption and drug-related violence. more >>
It is unclear who begged for life in the violent fracas but when police got to the San Leandro, California, apartment of Bishop Teman L. Bostic Sr. on Friday morning, the pastor was found dead and his son, Isaiah Bostic, 21, was covered in blood.
"On behalf of the Bostic family, the Mt. Olive A.O. H. Church of God family, and the Apostolic Original Holy Church of God, [it is] with heavy hearts we announce the untimely passing of our father, and pastor, Bishop Teman L. Bostic Sr., on Friday, Feb. 12," the preacher's church announced in a haunting Facebook post on Saturday morning.
Bishop Bostic was the leader of Mt. Olive Apostolic Original Holy Church of God in Menlo Park. more >>
A local North Carolina pastor is allegedly suing controversial Powerball lottery winner, 27-year-old mother of four Marie Holmes, for $10 million for reneging on a verbal promise to give him $1.5 million of her winnings.
According to Eurweb, local Pastor Kevin Matthews whose church affiliation is still unclear, told the publication that he is experiencing emotional and mental distress after Holmes changed her mind about gifting him $1.5 million to help him build a retreat center.
"Because of the emotional distress and mental stress they put me through, I had to start taking more medicine for anxiety and depression due to this situation," Matthews allegedly told the publication. more >>
Prominent LGBT activist Ted Trimpa and Focus on the Family President Jim Daly will share the stage at the upcoming Christian conference Q Denver to talk about how they're collaborating on efforts to combat human trafficking.
Gabe Lyons, founder of Q Ideas which oversees Q conferences across the country, told The Christian Post that Trimpa and Daly will be speaking on a cause they both support.
"Trimpa will be part of a conversation with Daly [to speak] about how they've worked together on fighting human trafficking in the state of Colorado," said Lyons. more >>
With more than a million unique donations being made to Gospel for Asia annually, Monday's bombshell class action lawsuit against one of the largest missions agencies based in the U.S. could potentially involve no less than "tens of thousands" of plaintiffs and the agency says it's still waiting to be served.
"While we are more than willing to answer any questions asked of us, it would be irresponsible for us to do so at this time since we have not yet been served any lawsuit. All we know is what has been posted on the Internet by certain bloggers who have previously misrepresented facts related to Gospel for Asia in a relentless attempt to discredit our ministry," wrote Daniel Punnose in an email statement to The Christian Post Thursday. He is listed as a vice president and member of Gospel for Asia's board of directors as well as the son of the organization's leader, K.P. Yohannan, in the lawsuit.
"Once we know the nature of the accusations, we will respond accordingly and transparently. We remain — as we have been for over 30 years — committed to operating with integrity on behalf of so many of the world's most desperate people. That is our commitment and we will remain focused on our Christian mission. We are so grateful for all of those who support our work," the statement ended. more >>
Catholic Bishops have no legal obligation to report sex abuse allegations to law enforcement, a recent Vatican document states.
Monsignor Tony Anatrella, who belongs to the Church's Pontifical Council for the Family, stated in a Vatican document — as well as during a training session for newly-ordained bishops — that Church leaders have no legal obligation to report sex abuse allegations to local authorities.
The Catholic news agency Crux Now first reported on comments made by Anatrella during the annual training session held for bishops in Paris, France, last fall, where the mosignor focused on a variety of issues, including "sanctifying, teaching and governing," as well handling sex abuse claims. more >>